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tonight, several developing stories. president trump, now calling it a witch hunt. new questions over contact with the russians. first, general michael flynn, now a.g. jeff sessions recusing himself. and the president now asking, what about the democrats and putin? investigate them. also tonight, the 25-car pileup on a major interstate. whiteout conditions. 30 people rushed to hospitals. the rescues, and the pictures coming in tonight. the multistate manhunt. two murders, and the couple forced into the trunk of their car. the desperate call to 911. the stunning moment in the heartland. the drive-by in broad daylight. the urgent search tonight for this gunman. late word coming in. new action after this disturbing moment in the classroom. and the split-second decision this week. and the images of the life saved.
who is our person of the week? good evening. it's great to have you with us on a very busy friday night. we begin with new questions swirling around president trump, his team, and communications with the russians before the election. tonight, president trump firing back, saying jeff sessions is the victim of a witch hunt. it comes after sessions did not reveal while under oath two meetings with the russian ambassador during the campaign. the president said his attorney general could have been more clear. but also tweeted out images of a democrat leader with vladimir putin. cecilia vega leading us off. >> reporter: inside the oval office today, president trump huddling with his closest advisers, steve bannon, son-in-law jared kushner and daughter ivanka. the president then heading to his florida golf club mar-a-lago for the weekend. but tonight, his administration in damage control. the president calls it a "witch
hunt," but there's a growing list of aides and advisers who misrepresented their contacts with russia. there's attorney general jeff sessions and that bombshell revelation that he twice met with russia's ambassador during the campaign. that's not what he told the senate. >> i have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and i didn't have -- did not have communications with the russians. >> reporter: but now -- >> in retrospect i should've slowed down and said, but i did meet one russian official a couple of times and that would be the ambassador. >> reporter: and former campaign foreign policy adviser carter page. first, this denial. >> did you have any meetings last year with russian officials, in russia, outside russia, anywhere? >> i had no meetings, no meetings. >> reporter: now an admission, he met with the russian ambassador, too, during the republican national convention in cleveland. >> did you meet sergey in cleveland? did you talk to him? >> i'm not going to deny i talked to him. >> so you did talk to him.
>> i will say i never met him, anywhere outside of cleveland. let's say that much. >> the only time you met him was in cleveland? >> i may have met him, possibly, what might have been in cleveland. >> reporter: it comes after president trump himself insisted nobody on his team met with the russians during the campaign. did you or anyone in your campaign have any contact with russia leading up to or during the campaign? >> no. >> reporter: nothing at all? "not at all," he said. there was also national security adviser michael flynn, fired for lying about the nature of his conversations with that same russian ambassador. and jared kushner joining a meeting between flynn and the ambassador at trump tower in december. top democrats calling for a full independent investigation. >> the administration clearly cannot be trusted to investigate itself. >> reporter: but today, the president firing back. saying, investigate them. calling senate minority leader chuck schumer a hypocrite. tweeting this 2003 photo of schumer and vladimir putin eating donuts together in new
york. schumer says that meeting took place in full view of the press. and this 2010 photo of house minority leader nancy pelosi, at a table with the russian ambassador and others. earlier today, she claimed she never met him. her spokesman now says she meant she never had a private meeting. pelosi tweeting, "donald trump doesn't know the difference between an official meeting photographed by the press and a closed secret meeting his attorney general lied about under oath. >> cecilia, reporters have been asking about something else also. where is the travel ban executive order? the white house had indicates it's coming several times before. what have you learned tonight? >> reporter: a lot of stops and starts. we're hearing it could come next week. but this report out today from the department of homeland security, pushing back on a key component, saying it may be difficult to find and vet the so-called radical islamic terrorists.
but david, the white house is pushing back on this one tonight. >> cecilia, thank you. and all of this comes amid the firestorm over contact with the russians. and tonight, we ask, who is this russian ambassador, meeting with at least five members of president trump's team? here's brian ross. >> reporter: as a career russian diplomat, sergey kislyak, the ambassador to the united states, is skilled at public speaking, delivering what the fbi calls utter falsehoods. >> the government of russian federation is not involved in any hacking of the type you are discussing. >> reporter: and now the ambassador claims the meetings he had with key members of the trump campaign before and after the election were nothing unusual, not connected to the hacking. >> we do not interfere into internal affairs of the united states. >> reporter: but they have. and now the contacts between the kremlin and some of trump's closest advisers are at the center of the fbi and
congressional investigations. >> we need to know, is anyone compromised? are there risks to the country because someone is compromised? >> reporter: especially because some of the americans involved are accused of not telling the truth about their meetings with the ambassador. one aspect of the investigation involves a tight focus on the week of the republican convention in july of last year. july 18th, the party's official platform gives a big victory to russia by downgrading u.s. support for ukraine. >> the champagne corks were going off when that happened. >> reporter: july 20th, ambassador kislyak meets with senator sessions and trump adviser carter page at the convention, something page later tried to deny. >> i had no meetings. no meetings. >> reporter: july 21st, donald trump accepts the republican nomination for president. >> thank you. thank you very much. >> reporter: and the very next day, july 22nd, wikileaks posts the first of the hacked democratic party e-mails. >> and brian with us here tonight. we know both congress and the
fbi are investigating that very timeline. where does that stand? >> the congressional investigations have barely begun, but the fbi has been working on it for months now. trying to determine if all of this is coincidence or collusion. >> revealing very little, if anything, of what they've found. thank you. next tonight, mike pence, and new headlines after his use of private e-mail for official business while governor of indiana. mr. pence using his aol address in addition to a government account. the indianapolis star reporting his private account was hacked last year. and critics pointing out he was among the many who criticized hillary clinton for her use of private e-mail. tonight, the vice president saying the circumstances are very different. >> there's no comparison whatsoever between hillary clinton's practice of having a private server, mishandling classified information, destroying e-mails when they were requested by the congress and by officials. >> the fbi said no reasonable prosecutor would charge mrs. clinton.
and found no evidence the e-mail was ever hacked. >>. and this photo making headlines. secretary clinton reading a paper, the headline is about vice president pence and his e-mail. and intensifying air strikes against air targets in yemen. more than 30 in the last 48 hours. u.s. war planes and drones pounding away at fighters, weapons, and strategic targets. all of this coming one month after the first and controversial mission ordered by the trump administration. the pentagon today emphasizing the value of intelligence materials grabbed during that raid. ryan owens was killed in the raid. his widow carryn was honored on tuesday during president trump's speech to congress. and the deadly highway pileup in pennsylvania. the numbers rising as we're on the air. now, 37 cars and trucks involved in a chain reaction crash on icy interstate 81.
drivers in whiteout conditions. more than a dozen people rushed to hospitals. eva pilgrim with the images coming in at this hour. >> reporter: tonight, a massive pile-up on a pennsylvania highway. >> oh, my god, look at that one. >> reporter: more than 35 cars slamming into each other. trucks mangled. this vehicle crushed between two 18-wheelers. >> i appear to have multiple injuries, one appears to be a trauma arrest. >> reporter: at least 19 people injured, one in critical condition. rushed to local hospitals. a snow squall, winter whiteout conditions to blame for the chain reaction. >> county, i'm arriving, approximately 20 vehicles at this time. >> reporter: a diesel truck spinning out and rupturing. spilling fuel all over the highway. the major interstate shutting down in both directions. rescue and fire teams struggling through the mess to help drivers stuck in the middle of the debris. luckily, there were no fatalities reported in this accident. there are reports of other wrecks in the area. this blast of snow making driving conditions dangerous. david? >> eva, thank you. next tonight, federal authorities arresting a suspect,
in connection of the wave of an an an antisemitic threats nationwide. 8 of the more than 130 reported. here's gio benitez. >> reporter: we saw children suddenly evacuated from jewish community centers and hebrew day schools after getting bomb threats. tonight, investigators believe this man, juan thompson, is behind eight of them. authorities warn this is just one arrest as they investigate 130 threats across the country. thompson, seen speaking here about race on a local tv show, >> i think you can be an effective reporter and journalist on this issue. >> reporter: -- was fired from his job as a reporter for fabricating quotes and sources. police say they discovered thompson's threats as part of a cyber stalking investigation. his ex-girlfriend allegedly receiving harassing messages from him since last july. but then in january, when the
nationwide bomb threats started, investigators believe he started making his own threats, in his ex's name. police arresting him in st. louis. >> while the motive is unclear the impact is crystal clear. threatening jewish institutions is an antisemitic act. >> reporter: this, on the same day fbi director james comey met with jewish leaders to talk about bomb threats and those vandalized jewish cemeteries. and david, this is one of the jccs thompson allegedly threatened in manhattan. but it's important to stress -- he's only been linked to 8 of the 130 threats. if he's convicted, he could face up to five years in prison. >> gio, thank you. and next tonight, the major headline about the economy and your money. the federal reserve signaling a raise in interest rates is likely coming this month. the fed's decision could have you paying more for credit cards, car loans, and your mortgage. the dow ended the day with a small gain, after surpassing a record 21,000 for the first time ever this week.
and home depot announcing plans to hire 80,000 workers for the spring rush. lowe's has also said it plans to hire tens of thousands of workers for spring. next tonight here, the carjack victim making a terrifying 911 call. shot and wounded, fearing for his missing girlfriend's life. the murder suspect had been leading police on a manhunt from mississippi to new mexico to kansas. clayton sandell, on how authorities tracked him down. >> reporter: police say it's right out of a horror movie. >> the man just shot me and i think he's killed my girlfriend. >> reporter: 19-year-old devon philo and 18-year-old sara reeves just finished a hike near albuquerque tuesday when a man with a gun forced them into the trunk of their car. they pull the emergency release to bail out but get separated. as philo escapes, the suspect shoots him. >> i know he's shooting to kill. he's killed sarah, i think. please, you got to get here quick. i don't know if he's going to come down and kill me. >> reporter: what they don't know is, suspect alex deaton is a fugitive on the run.
suspected of murdering his girlfriend and another woman in mississippi. also wounding a jogger. >> he left a gun on the passenger seat. should i pick it up in case he comes back down? >> i wouldn't touch it. >> reporter: police say deaton catches and kidnaps reeves again, but when he stops, she runs for it, and gets away. deaton flees to kansas, allegedly shooting a store clerk and stealing his car. >> as soon as i handed him the keys he just pulled a gun on me and shoots me. >> reporter: finally, after a police chase up to 140 miles an hour, deaton crashes and is captured. and now that his alleged crime spree is finally over, he faces a long list of charges. including murder, attempted murder and kidnapping. >> clayton, thank you. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the drive-by in the heartland. during the afternoon commute. the car pulling up to the intersection. the weapon drawn, a spray of bullets. other cars caught in the crossfire. there's a manhunt tonight. late word coming in today.
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to the "index" of other news tonight. a second arrest in the decade-old disappearance of a popular georgia high school teacher. we reported last week, a former student at the same school was arrested and charged with the murder. the teacher vanished in 2005. tonight, authorities have charged a classmate with helping conceal the crime. he is out on bond tonight. authorities continue to search for the teacher's remains. there are late developments after a violent police takedown at a high school in north carolina. a police officer caught on camera slamming the female student to the ground. the police chief announcing the officer has resigned. he had been placed on leave in january. he says the officer was trying to break up a fight between three students. a large wildfire forcing mandatory evacuations in oklahoma tonight. aerial images coming in near norman. multiple homes and livestock threatened by the flames.
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if you've got a life, you gotta swiffer finally tonight here, our person of the week. there are so many quiet heroes across this country. tonight, the young woman at a fast food restaurant, jumping in when needed. bristol, tennessee, the white minivan pulling up. a mother, her 3-year-old limp in her arms. she had just placed an order when she realized her son had stopped breathing. she ran to the window for help. an 18-year-old runs out and
gives the boy cpr. she had taken a class at her high school. you can see the chest compressions. she say she noticed he began to start breathing again, but faintly. mom waiting on the phone, kneeling down. the ambulance arriving in three minutes. just listen to how humble she is about what she did. >> i don't like the term hero, because if you see someone hurt, you're going to try and help. >> she finished her shift, then went to visit the boy in the hospital. >> it's something i'll remember forever. the blank look in his eyes from when i started to seeing at the hospital, it was a total change. it was amazing. >> reporter: and the police officer rushing to the scene in texas. a young mother and father had called 911. >> what's the address of your emergency? >> yes, my son is not breathing. >> okay, is he not breathing at all? >> he's not responding. >> reporter: the officer at the scene in one minute. when he pulls in, the boy's mother carries him over.
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from the financial district with details. >> this document goes back to 2010. it has been updated several time but never released -- until a uc berkeley professor decided to sue in order to get access to that document. >> reporter: holding a cell phone next to your head or body seems to be a way of life. >> usually i have the phone down next to my body in my pocket or something like that and i will pick it up and hold it like that. >> reporter: but people have long suspected that all of that radiation may cause damage to cells and tissues. >> we have evidence of brain tumors and other head and neck tumors and we also have evidence of sperm damage in males, infertility in females. >> he is with uc berkeley school of public health and took the california department of health to court to force the release of this document -- which says scientific studies suggest long-term cell phone use may increase the risk of brain cancer and other health problems. he